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Making Simple Bead Loop Connections

Faceted Crystals and Beads make a much larger statement when they sway freely instead of being stationary on a chain. That's where making simple bead loop connections come into play!

 

Jewelry Making - Bead LoopsBeads and Crystals come in an endless variety! You can just string them along a cord but by making simple bead loop connections you can dangle them from a chain, earrings, bracelets, etc… This technique will open up a world of new opportunities for making jewelry!

If you came straight here without reading Basic Jewelry Making and you feel lost just go back and find out what’s missing!

First, slide a bead onto a head pin, eye pin or ball pin. Using your flat nose pliers, bend the wire at a right angle starting as close to the beads as possible.

Jewelry Making - Bead Loop ConnectoionsGrasp the wire with your round nose pliers just above the bead and with your fingers or another pair of pliers, roll the wire around the jaws of the pliers to create the loop.

Notice that the further away from the point of the round nose pliers you grasp the wire the larger your loop will be. When I first started making loops like this I liked to do them very small so that they were tight around the object connected to. But then I realized that not only did they not dangle freely, they would get stuck in awkward positions. For crystals this was bad because if they don’t swing they aren’t catching the light and sparkling. So, before you decide where on the round nose pliers to place the wire before creating the loop, think about what the loop is going to connect to and how big you want the loop to be!

Jewelry Making - Bead Loop ConnectionsNext, cut the wire just above where it would almost touch the bead (somewhere between 1/8” and ¼” from the bead) using the pink handled cutters.

Making Jewelry-Bead Connections Step 4Grasp the end of the wire with you needle nose pliers and fold it back toward the hole in the bead so that it connects with the part of the wire coming out of the bead closing the loop.

 

Jewelry Making - Finished Bead Loop ConnectionAnd here is the finished bead with the loop connection! You can add it to just about anything!

Once you get the hang of this you’ll want to try Making Wrapped Bead Loop Connections which will give you a more professional look and make a much more secure hold on the bead or crystal.

Well, take care and keep crafting!
Penny